Public buses are everywhere, for choosing routes and which bus to take try the google maps direction service eg.: Somewhere in Luohu to Dafen Village, or download Baidu Maps which, even without being able to read Chinese, you can get bus routes from point to point, here is a route example traveling the full length of Holiday Line 1 .

The public buses normally have a ticket officer on the bus, usually, it’s a matter of getting on the bus, get a seat or a handrail to hang on to, and the officer will come around to collect ticket fees. Simply tell them where you’d like to get off and they’ll tell you how much, usually between 2-5 yuan. Some officers may speak a little English, but it’s best to have your destination written down in Chinese. They will also carry a card reader for your Shenzhen Tong Card.

Some buses are fixed fare in which case you’ll see a coin box with the price on it, simply throw your coins or notes in as you get on, they’ll also have card swipe for your Shenzhen Tong Card.

Also note, as of 2018, the entire Shenzhen bus fleet is electric.

 

A typical Shenzhen Public Bus

Sightseeing Bus lines

There are four recently upgraded sightseeing bus lines. The buses are now fully electric double-decker buses and with the change, the routes have been renamed as such

M191 runs between Bao’an Passenger Bus Terminal and Dameisha Bus Terminal from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fare: 2 to 10 yuan (US$0.32-1.59).

M192 runs between World Food City in Nanwan Subdistrict, Longgang District, and Xiameilin in Futian District. Fare: 3 yuan.

M193 links Yanchuan Village Bus Terminal in Bao’an District and Bijiashan Bus Terminal in Futian District between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Fare: 3 yuan

M194 runs between Zhongwu Bus Terminal in Bao’an and Kangqiao Bus Terminal in Buji, Longgang District, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fare: 3 yuan.